PGA Championship move signals major shift in calendar

Nick Faldo left and Jim Nantz of CBS

Nick Faldo left and Jim Nantz of CBS

Seeking his fourth title of the year after US PGA Tour titles at Pebble Beach in February and the Travelers Championship in June.

The Players returns to a month it occupied from 1977 to 2006, after 12 years in which the Greater Jacksonville Open was in March.

The switch to May should mean somewhat cooler weather than the traditionally hot and humid dog days of summer, and Bevacqua said it would allow the PGA to consider venues in the southern US that previously had been off the table.

Yet McIlroy knows a victory would change everything.

After his 4 place finish at the Open Championship, McIlroy felt it was time for a change and fired his longtime caddie J.P. Fitzgerald.

McIlroy was a 20/1 outsider for the Open after missing three cuts in his previous four starts, but followed his battling performance at Birkdale with a tie for fifth in last week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. He has finished in the top 5 in his last two tournaments.

Winning at Quail Hollow will earn Spieth the honour of being the youngest golfer in history to capture four majors - clipping Tiger Woods by a little more than eight months.

It will be a three-year major win drought if McIlroy doesn't take the title next week. "First for TV negotiations, you want a Players Championship in a prime spot and maybe a better time of year for course conditioning, and then the reality is we want golf done before football", Charley Hoffman, a member of the PGA Tour Policy Board, told Golf Digest's Dave Shedloski.

Deane, UT-Arlington's director of golf, is competing with the best in the world this week at the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.

"I've been a big supporter of it from the first time I heard about it, and the announcement today I think has been very well received by a lot of the players in the locker room", Rory McIlroy said. "I think from our perspective I don't really mind whether we're the third major or the fourth major".

"I'm not anxious about the golf or the game", Walker said.

A rainy week should leave Quail Hollow wet and extra long, meaning a big hitter like US Open champion Brooks Koepka's 25-1 odds might be attractive.

"Just when you feel like you get on top, something happens that knocks you down". "Putted pretty well, even when I missed putts out there, they were scaring the hole, so that was good. I'm looking for a really good week this week".

Wet and soggy conditions are expected all week, which should play to his strengths as a long and accurate driver.

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